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In Ohio, the sex offender registry is a system used to track and monitor individuals convicted of certain sex crimes. The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) manages the registry and is available to the public through the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

There are three tiers of the Ohio sex offender registry, which are determined based on the severity of the offense committed and the risk of reoffending.

If you’re accused of a sex crime in Ohio, your reputation and future are at stake. While there are different tiers of offenders, even a tier 1 offense can have considerable consequences for you. 

Tier 1 Offenders: Tier 1 offenders are considered the lowest risk for reoffending. These individuals have been convicted of a non-violent sexual offense, such as possession of child pornography or public indecency. Tier 1 offenders must register with the Ohio sex offender registry for 15 years.

Tier 2 Offenders: Tier 2 offenders are considered a moderate risk for reoffending. These individuals have been convicted of a sexual offense that is more serious than a Tier 1 offense but is not considered a violent offense. Examples of Tier 2 offenses include gross sexual imposition, sexual battery, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Tier 2 offenders must register with the Ohio sex offender registry for 25 years.

Tier 3 Offenders: Tier 3 offenders are considered the highest risk for reoffending. These individuals have been convicted of a violent sexual offense, such as rape or sexual assault. Tier 3 offenders are required to register with the Ohio sex offender registry for life.

Information Available on the Ohio Sex Offender Registry

The Ohio sex offender registry contains information about individuals convicted of certain sex crimes. This information is available to the public and includes:

  • The offender’s name, date of birth, and physical description
  • The offender’s current address and any prior addresses
  • The offender’s place of employment
  • A photograph of the offender
  • A description of the offense for which the offender was convicted
  • The offender’s risk level (Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3)

It is important to note that the Ohio sex offender registry is not intended to be used as a tool for vigilantism or to harass or threaten sex offenders. It is simply a tool to help the public be aware of sex offenders living in their communities and to protect themselves and their families.

How to Search the Ohio Sex Offender Registry

The Ohio sex offender registry is available to the public through the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Viewers can visit the website to search the registry and enter the offender’s name, address, or county. The website will then provide them with a list of sex offenders matching their search criteria and the offender’s personal information and details about their offenses.

Individuals in the community can also sign up for email alerts through the Ohio sex offender registry website to receive notifications if sex offenders move into their neighborhood. 

It is important to remember that the Ohio sex offender registry is only as accurate as the information provided. 

Contact Ashley Jones Law 

If you feel as though you’ve been wrongfully accused of a sex crime, you do have options. Contact Ashley Jones Law to schedule a consultation.